Grounds for Standing and Understanding is the most recent and comprehensive installation in the series entitled Negotiating Spaces. In this work, Golkar juxtaposes specific Western modernist tendencies, such as the use of minimalist language in modern architecture, against very specific traditions of Middle Eastern culture, such as the use of geometric patterns found in nomadic Persian carpets.
1977 born in Berkley, USA, and lives and works in Vancouver, Canada.
Babak Golkar spent most of his formative years in Tehran until 1996 when he moved to Canada. He obtained a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia in 2006 and has exhibited in venues internationally since graduating.
He has developed works that attempt to navigate cultural barriers and further examine the relations between Eurocentric and Eastern orthodoxies.
Selected solo exhibitions and presentations include In No Particular Hurry, Galería Sabrina Amrani, Madrid, Spain (2016), a fair day's wage for a fair day's work, Edel Assanti Gallery, London, U.K. (2016)The Exchange Project (La Collection Imaginaire), INCA, Seattle, U.S.A. (2016); Of Labour, Of Dirt, Sazmanab, Tehran, Iran (2014); Time To Let Go…, Vancouver Art Gallery: Offsite, Vancouver, Canada (2014); Dialectic of Failure, West Vancouver Museum, West Vancouver, Canada (2013); Parergon, Sharjah Contemporary Art Museum, Sharjah, U.A.E. (2012) and Mechanisms of Distortion, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, U.K. (2012).
Selected group exhibitions include When Form Becomes Attitude. Contemporary Calgary, Calgary, Canada. (2017); Mass Individualism: The Form of Multitude. Ab/Anbar Gallery, Tehran, Iran (2016) Residue: The Persistence of the Real. Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada (2015) Crisis of History – Beyond History, Framer Framed, Amsterdam, Netherlands (2015); Common Grounds, Museum Villa Stuck, Munich, Germany (2015); L’avenir, 9th La Biennale de Montréal, Musee d’art Contemporain de Montréal, Canada (2014); and Hajj, le pèlerinage à La Mecque, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France (2014).
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